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Where would we be without architects?
Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Amsterdam: They worked for Frank Gehry and found that it had limits. So, architects Ron Altoon and Jim Porter started their own firm and today they are quite literally changing the world.
They do not try to cultivate "star power."
The result - this professional practice went global virtually overnight. Ron Altoon and Jim Porter clearly have grown this architectural firm with product power.
Every customer and every person in their firm is a star. These two architects began this practice by keeping their egos in check and by focusing on their customer and growing their team. They have built projects in 16 countries with more international work on the drawing boards of the future.
The world does want American products and services and this is one business that has proven that. From the people in this firm we learn: refine your product or service on your home turf, do your homework before you get on an airplane, form strategic local alliances in the country into which you want to expand, and then deliver on your promises.
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Your business should challenge you to be better every day in every way. If not, you have choices:
There are always four paths to walk and eight steps to climb: